R.J. Fahy Funeral Home

116 N Broad Street, Norwich, NY


Charles W. Schaefer Sr.

March 3, 1943August 6, 2019

Dr. Charles W. Schaefer, Sr., 76, of North Pharsalia passed away Tuesday afternoon, August 6, 2019 at his home.

Charles was born on March 3, 1943 in Jamaica, NY the son of Charles and Madeleine (Petrich) Schaefer where he attended Brooklyn Tech. High School. He continued his studies by attending Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester earning his BA degree and continued on to Long Island University earning his Master’s degree. Charles then attended SUNY Binghamton where he earned his Ph.D in literature.

Charles married Gloria Miller on September 1, 1962 at her parents’ home in Rosedale, NY. In 1979 they decided to move upstate first living in McDonough for 20 years and then to their present home in North Pharsalia for over 20 years.

Charles’ life was always dedicated to education. Over the years he has been employed by Ballston Spa High School where he taught English in the Junior High School, Valparaiso University in Indiana as a Professor of English, then on to NYS SUNY in Farmingdale and then to Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. He had also been the Associate Dean at Elmira College. He also worked part time at the Massapequa Public Library.

Charles was also a substitute Pastor and Preacher at the church in Pearisburg of Pearisburg, VA (NDC) and Rochester, NY. A special achievement of his life was to have written and have published 8 books on Christianity and the church.

Charles is survived by his wife Gloria of No. Pharsalia, children Charles (Lea) Schaefer, Jr. of Calverton, NY, Suzanne (Craig) Fahrenkrug of Vestal, NY and Luther Schaefer of No. Pharsalia. Also surviving are his grandchildren Jasmine and Angelina Fahrenkrug, Lauren Schaefer and Andrew Schaefer along with one great grandchild Ethan.

A graveside service for Charles will be held on Monday, August 12, at 11:00 am at the Mt. Hope Cemetery . The Rev. Jeremy Stopford will officiate.

Friends may call at the R.J. Fahy Funeral Home on Sunday from 2-5 pm.


  • Calling Hours Sunday, August 11, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, August 12, 2019


Charles W. Schaefer Sr.

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Sue Duke- Shippey

August 17, 2019

Dear Schaefer family, I was surprised and saddened to hear of Charles passing. I hold many fond memories of our chats about various topics. He was always so expressive in his wording.I clearly remember him explaining how to get to his house and that we would drive through “a cathedral of trees”. Although we haven’t communicated in years, we have thought about you all often. Also, wondering where Lu was and what he was doing in his life. Please know that I will be praying for peace and comfort for you all.
Your friends, Sue Duke - Shippey, LynnAnn,Kristin and Steve Duke